This design is an example of form, but more specifically, naturalistic form. Naturalistic is when the design is derived from anything in nature, or a human figure. This particular form is a human figure, which makes it a naturalistic form.
Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion. Kuan means Earth and Yin is the female life force. She is a completely enlightened Buddha who made a promise in the distant past that after reaching complete enlightenment she would always appear in female form for the benefit of all beings. By iconographic category and hierarchy she is a meditational deity and her appearance is that of a peaceful deity. Kuan Yin has strength that is embraced by softness.
Buddha Quan Yin (also spelled Kwan Yin, Kuanyin; in pinyin, GuanyinClick the link now to find the center in you with our amazing selections of items ranging from yoga apparel to meditation space decor!
Guanyin (Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara) The bodhisattva, which is associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female. The name Guanyin means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World".